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Wakayama Prefecture
Japanese: 和歌山県
Map of Japan with Wakayama highlighted
Capital Wakayama
Region Kansai
Island Honshū
Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka
Area (rank) 4,725.67 km² (30th)
 - % water 0.04%
Population  (April 1, 2012)
 - Population 989,983 (39th)
 - Density 209.49 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 30
ISO 3166-2 JP-30
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Ume blossom (Prunus mume)
 - Tree Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)
 - Bird Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)
 - Fish
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県 Wakayama-ken?) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is the city of Wakayama.[2] Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.


In the Meiji period, Wakayama Prefecture was created from the western part of Kii Province.[3]


Wakayama's southwestern coastline faces the Seto Inland Sea and its southeastern coastline is on the Pacific Ocean. The northern borders of the prefecture meet Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture.


There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples

Hinokuma-kunikakasu jinjū is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[5]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1026; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Wakayama" at p. 1025.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websites

Media related to Wakayama Prefecture at Wikimedia Commons